Sunday, December 4, 2016
Them Are Us Too, and on her own as Heavenly. Beyond that, as one who took the responsibility of her scene to heart, aiding and showing the way forward to others, it is a loss we can ill afford. For those wishing to provide aid, please click here. For those in the Bay Area, a memorial will be held at Lake Merritt Monday night, details here.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
ALLISON CRUTCHFIELD and The FIZZ
BOOTLEG THEATER, LA
14 OCTOBER, 2016
The night was the working definition of a stacked bill, with Connecticut-based Steve Hartlett leading off with a few Stove songs, then shifting gears into Ovlov material.
Sam Cook-Parrott brought Radiator Hospital to life in solo form, providing a well-received set of mostly new songs, sprinkled with some crowd favorites, and a peek at his most recent project "The Afterglows", before going on to hold down the bass in Crutchfield's trio.
Taken as a whole, the night was an already sepia Polaroid of where these artists are at, steps before they unveil their next offering.
Allison Crutchfield and The Fizz
Monday, September 12, 2016
The Echo, Echo Park, LA
09 September, 2016
Doing the opening honors was SF doom merchants Miserable, led by Kristina Esfandiari, (see also: King Woman), making a rare LA appearance. With a stark, intense set, they raised an admirable bar for the evening. Local favorites Upset filled in the middle without missing a beat, their buzz saw pop providing liftoff, and the bonus was getting to hear a clutch of new songs, which hopefully will be out next year.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
HAYLEY AND THE CRUSHERS
VELVET JONES, SANTA BARBARA
16 JULY, 2016
Tacocat brought their West Coast jaunt to the joint known as Velvet Jones in Downtown Santa Barbara. The zaniness of a Saturday night played perfectly into their hands, and the invasion of a wedding party late in the set only added to the flavor. Breaking out a feather boa led to a running Steven Tyler gag throughout. Songs from the band's latest effort, Lost Time, rightfully dominated the set, with "I Hate The Weekend", "Dana Katherine Scully", and "I Love Seattle" leading the charge, while they also reached back for already classics such as "Hey Girl", "Crimson Wave", and "Psychadelic Quincinera". While touring has honed their tightness, it hasn't been at the expense of their sense of fun.
Both support acts made an indelible impression. Hayley and the Crushers (from San Luis Obispo) set the pace with a lively set that featured a grinding version of the Go-Go's "This Town" as a most welcome surprise, while LA's Regrettes totally took over with a commanding stint that, for all its energy, hit another level when they dialed it back for "Pale Skin", making an emotional connection with the audience.
A satisfying night all the way through, and a special tip of the hat is due to the Velvet for having an all ages show on a prime night.
Hayley and the Crushers